Logo-AccessibilitéAt their 2014 General Assembly, the maritime Regions decided to make 2015 the year of territorial accessibility. This accessibility campaign was prepared on 23 January in Brussels at a meeting of the CPMR Transport Group. A timetable was drawn up to punctuate this campaign and coordinate between the different sea basins covered by the CPMR’s Geographical Commissions. The highlight will be a European event on 16 April in Marseille, co-organised with Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region. A special seminar will also be held in the autumn in the Balearic Islands on the regional aspects of the Motorways of the Sea, organised together with the European Coordinator, Brian Simpson.

The new provisions of the TEN-T and CEF (which funds the TEN-T) were adopted at the end of 2013. In the current phase in which the new instruments are being implemented, mainly through calls for tender, the Regions are urging the European Commission to consult and involve them. They wish for example to feed into the work of the forums which are proposing priority projects along the 9 CEF transport corridors. They are asking to plan for arrangements to cover the “grey areas” situated outside the CEF corridors and core network. They are also raising questions about EU support measures to maritime transport services after the end of the Marco Polo programme and the enforcement of the Sulphur Directive on 1 January 2015.

All these issues – as well as the contributions of the Juncker Plan to transport infrastructures – were discussed with the services of DG Move, in the presence of Dominique Riquet, Vice-President of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament

We hope to see you on 16 April in Marseille!